Bell of Ramkamhaeng
Name today given to a bell that is
described on Inscription Nº 1, i.e. the
Stone of Ramkamhaeng
stone block with an
written by King
and discovered in
The associated part of the inscription reads:
‘The King has hung a bell in the opening
of the gate; if any commoner has a grievance which sickens his
belly and grips his heart, he goes and strike the bell: King
Ramkamhaeng will question the man, examine the case and decide
justly for him...’.
A replica of this bell now hangs in Sukhothai Historical Park.
Period, the system of the
bell was revived, yet with a drum called
klong winitchayperih, which
was erected at the edge of
the palace, for anyone who wanted to petition a special request
on an important issue or submit a grievance, though the use of
the so-called decision drum was eventually
abolished by King
Rama IV (fig.)
when other offices
with direct channels for petitioning came into place.
THEMATIC STREET LIGHT.